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Circuit of The Americas (COTA) today announced a new race to add to its turbo-charged roster of annual events: the Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown, taking place at the award winning circuit on May 5-6, 2017. Advance Auto Parts has also been announced as the title sponsor for the race weekend as part of a multi-year agreement with Circuit of The Americas. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at www.circuitoftheamericas.com.
This will be the first time the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), the premier sanctioning body for sports car competition in North America, will feature as a stand-alone race weekend format at Circuit of The Americas.
"We are absolutely delighted to play host to the first stand-alone IMSA race weekend here at Circuit of The Americas this coming May. Furthermore, Advance Auto Parts is the perfect choice to serve as the title sponsor of our signature sports car event," stated Circuit of The Americas Chairman, Bobby Epstein. "Advance Auto Parts serves millions of customers in thousands of stores across the country every year and, just like Circuit of The Americas, shares our dedication and commitment to providing the best possible experience to customers. We are incredibly excited to launch this partnership today and look forward to welcoming all race fans to our IMSA sports car weekend in May."
Advance Auto Parts, Inc., a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, operates more than 5,000 stores across the country including more than 250 in Texas.
“We are thrilled to partner with Circuit of The Americas and be part of such a globally-renowned circuit," said Advance Auto Parts Marketing and Sponsorships Manager Matt Davis. “COTA is one of the top racing facilities, not only in the U.S., but the world and we couldn’t be more excited to be the official auto parts and entitlement sponsor of the Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown."
The North American-based IMSA will once again bring top manufacturers to the track with the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, allowing fans to get up-close-and-personal to the high-tech machines and their drivers. Additionally, IMSA’s Porsche GT3 Cup, Lamborghini Super Trofeo, and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge will take place that weekend for race fans to enjoy.
Two-day weekend passes, with access to open seating on Turn 1, Turn 15 and the Main Grand Stand, along with Paddock access, are available for only $79. Individual passes for Friday are $49 and $59 for Sunday. Car corral packages are also available and more information can be found at www.circuitoftheamericas.com